There are plenty of things that make Florida a special state. The Walt Disney World Resort, the stunning Miami Skyline, and the outstanding Everglades National Park are just a few examples. The many barrier islands that make up the Florida Keys are another unique aspect of the Sunshine State that set it apart from other locations all around the United States. The Keys attract huge numbers of visitors each year due to their warm waters, sandy beaches, and charming little towns and cities. Key Largo is a great example. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
2.Keys Palms RV Resort
3.Kings Kamp RV Park
4.Riptide RV Resort & Marina
3 Best Key Largo RV Parks & Campgrounds
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- Keys Palms RV Resort, Photo: Vadim/stock.adobe.com
- Kings Kamp RV Park, Photo: Voyagerix/stock.adobe.com
- Riptide RV Resort & Marina, Photo: Abigail Marie/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Explore a glass enclosed, climate controlled habitat filled with 50-60 different species of butterflies, 30 species of exotic birds, tropical foliage and water falls at The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory in Key West, FL.
The Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is made up of three parts, the Conservatory, Learning Center, and Gallery.
The Conservatory is where the butterflies and live plants are housed and considered the main attraction. This area is very warm and kept at 85 degrees with 80% humidity. Visitors can stroll through tropical flora and waterfalls, view anywhere from 50-60 different butterfly species and relax on benches and watch the serene views. All of the butterflies in the conservatory come from tropical butterfly farms where they are bred in captivity where they are sent to the conservatory when they are in the chrysalis stage.
The largest butterflies in the conservatory are the Owl butterflies that can reach a wingspan of 11 inches. None of the butterflies in the conservatory can bite or sting and while most butterflies only live about 10 days, those in the conservatory can live as long as 3 months. Most of the butterflies feed on pollen and flower nectar but there are also feeding stations set up that allow the insects to feed on rotting fruit and refuse as well. Visitors will also be able to see the Atlas moth when in season, with a wing span of up to 12 inches, making it the largest in the world.
The best time of day to see the most active butterflies is in the morning when they are warming their wings in the sun and feeding however, butterflies are active throughout the day and at various times. Some butterflies, like the owl, are more active in the evenings when the others start to roost. Most moths are nocturnal and fly mostly at night. Some rules you should be aware of when visiting the conservatory:
· Do not touch the butterflies, plants or birds
· Children under 16 must be with an adult
· Cell phones must be off
· Voices must be quiet
· Do not run
· No eating or drinking
· No strollers
· Do not brush off butterflies that land on you
The Learning Center is where visitors can learn everything there is to know about the life cycle of the butterfly. Guests begin with a 15 minute introductory movie that goes over the butterfly life cycle and interesting facts about the insects. There are also murals, identification maps, migratory maps, illustrations on butterfly anatomy, and interactive displays on monarchs and other butterflies that visitors can explore. Visitors can also glimpse a rare close up view of the life of a caterpillar. Guests can watch caterpillars munching away on their host plants, forming chrysalis, and transforming into butterflies in the butterfly nurseries.
The Gallery, Wings of Imagination has been operated by artist San Trophia for over 30 years and has helped the butterflies achieve immortality in a unique way. Instead of taking paint or pen to paper, Sam captures the butterflies after death in airtight acrylic cases to be displayed on walls or display cases. Many of the butterflies are displayed as though suspended in flight and show a wide range of color, size, patterns and brilliance. The mounts can be anywhere from a single butterfly to an entire wall mural with every piece being completely unique. No two pieces of art work in the gallery are the same. All of the butterflies used in the art lived out their life cycles in the Butterfly conservatory and were farmed from South America, Africa or South East Asia. The Gallery can be visited in person or online through the website. Custom orders and commissions are also available.
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is proud to offer group tours for groups of ten or more and has options for educational program tailored for specific grade levels if interested in field trips. Groups tours must be scheduled in advance and discounts are available.
Wedding ceremonies are very popular in the conservatory and are private. The event takes place after the conservatory has closed to the public so you don’t have to worry about party crashers or unwanted guests. The ideal guest count is 20 as the gazebo is small and seating is limited. If you prefer your guests to stand for a short ceremony, up to 50 guests can be accommodated.
In addition to the Gallery, Wings of Imagination, there is an extensive gift shop at the Conservatory full of nature and butterfly themed art, jewelry, gifts and collectibles. The gift shop can ship your purchases nearly anywhere and purchases can be made online as well for the most popular items such as books, jewelry, key chains, apparel, garden and holiday items.
1316 Duval Street, Key West, Florida, 33040, Phone: 305-296-2988
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More Ideas: Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is an arboretum and botanical garden on Stock Island in Key West that is home to a collection of palms, shrubs, and several award-winning trees. The venue is also a spectacular tropical paradise for weddings, social occasions and special events, year-round with several sites ranging from the Butterfly Garden, which is perfect for intimate wedding ceremonies to the idyllic Courtyard for elegant and grand receptions. The venue also offers a range of exceptional services such as a bridal suite and groom’s dressing room, subtle outdoor lighting, an onsite manager to take care of all the detail and ensure a hassle-free day.
Amenities & Facilities
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden features several sites which can host a variety of different events from romantic ceremonies to lavish receptions. Designed by renowned landscape architect Raymond Jungles, the beautiful tropical venue offers three picturesque outdoor event spaces for special celebrations, including the one-acre Butterfly Garden, a small and intimate area for private wedding ceremonies. The Butterfly Garden caters for 50 standing guests and 25 people for a seated dinner.
The idyllic and tranquil Courtyard features a raised stage for romantic ceremonies or presentations and speeches and a falling waterfall as a beautiful backdrop for ceremonies and receptions. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the Courtyard can be covered by a tent in inclement weather and can accommodate up to 100 guests for seated dinners and 130 guests for cocktail gatherings.
The scenic lakeside Terrace is ideal for grand receptions of up to 200 people with breathtaking natural scenery, twinkling overhead lights, and ample space for dinner and dancing beneath the stars. The Lakeside Terrace can accommodate up to 200 guests for a buffet dinner with partial seating and no dance floor, and up to 150 guests for a seated buffet dinner and dancing.
Services offered with the rental of one of the spaces in the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden include the use of a bridal suite and groom’s dressing room for each party to get ready and relax before the big event, outdoor lighting, an onsite manager to handle all the details on the day, a security guard at the venue for the duration of the function, and a large parking lot with complimentary parking for guests. Also offered is a list of preferred vendors for services such as catering and beverage services, floral arrangements, DJ services, music and entertainment, photography and videography services, wedding cakes, officiants, and limousine, shuttle and valet services.
Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is located at 5210 College Road in Key West, is wheelchair accessible and offers complimentary parking for guests in a large parking lot at the garden.
5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040, Phone: 305-296-1504
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